Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Our Movie Critic's Weekend Selections

"Ida": Agata Kulesza is a cynical, hard-bitten former prosecutor and judge, and Agata Trzebuchowska is an orphan raised in a convent.
"Ida": Agata Kulesza is a cynical, hard-bitten former prosecutor and judge, and Agata Trzebuchowska is an orphan raised in a convent. Music Box Films

Ida Two women - an orphan raised in a convent, preparing to take her vows, and a cynical, hard-bitten former prosecutor and judge - meet in Pawel Pawlikowski's extraordinary film, embarking on a road trip across the bleak terrain of 1960s Communist Poland - a road trip at once tragic, hopeful, and unforgettable. PG-13

The Immigrant Marion Cotillard is nothing less than amazing as a destitute Pole who arrives at Ellis Island in 1921, and falls in with a smooth-talking pimp (Joaquin Phoenix). James Gray (Two Lovers, The Yards) directs this half-crazy, fascinating yarn. R

Locke A tour de force, and a tour down British motorways in the dead of night, with Tom Hardy as a man in a car, on his Bluetooth, trying to keep the pieces of his life from flying apart. From writer/director Steven Knight. R

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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